So, having just cleaned a case of new spring artichokes, I realize there are certain tasks which give me great pleasure in the kitchen. Kneeding and forming bread loaves is one of them. Cleaning artichokes is my favorite. The tactile, methodical process of trimming, peeling and scraping becomes a meditation, allowing my mind to wander to other areas that need work, paring things down to the essence... I solve a lot of problems cleaning artichokes! Roasting and peeling peppers is also extremely soothing to me. What gets you off ?